The Works of Francis Bacon: Miscellaneous writings in philosophy, morality and religion


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Seite 132 - Had he been a private man, he would have been termed proud. But in a wise Prince, it was but keeping of distance, which indeed he did towards all; not admitting any near or full approach, either to his power, or to his secrets, for he was governed by none.
Seite 129 - He professed always to love and seek peace ; and it was his usual preface in his treaties, that when Christ came into the world, peace was sung ; and when he went out of the world, peace was bequeathed.
Seite 133 - power, or to his secrets, for he was governed by none. His queen, notwithstanding she had presented him with divers children, and with a crown also, though he would not acknowledge it, could do nothing with him.
Seite 129 - ... he make offers and fames of wars, till he had mended the conditions of peace. It was also much that one that was so great a lover of peace, should be so happy in war. For his arms, either in foreign or civil wars, were never unfortunate; neither did he know what a disaster meant.
Seite 145 - VIII. was engaged in a new amour before his rage kindled against Queen Anne ; and because the temper of that king is censured by posterity, as exceedingly prone both to amours and jealousies, and -violent in both, even to the effusion of blood. Add to this, that she was cut off through an accusation manifestly improbable, and built upon slight conjectures, as was then secretly whispered ; and Queen Anne herself protested her innocence, with an undaunted greatness of mind, at the time of her death....
Seite 155 - She was seldom absent from divine service, and other duties of religion, either in her chapel or closet. She was very conversant in the Scriptures, and writings of the fathers, especially St. Augustine. Herself composed certain prayers upon some emergent occasions. When she mentioned the name of God, though in ordinary discourse, she generally added the title of Creator ; and composed both her eyes and countenance to some sort of humility and reverence ; which I have myself often observed.
Seite 153 - In this condition she continued but a little while ; so that it did not seem the last act of her life, but the first step to her death. For to live long after our faculties are impaired is accounted miserable ; but for death to hasten on with a gradual loss of the senses, is a gentle, a pleasing, and easy dissolution. To fill up the measure of her felicity, she was exceeding happy, not only in her own person, but also in the abilities and virtues of her ministers of state. For she had the fortune...
Seite 139 - ... somewhat carelessly exposed : whereat the court, which liked not that scrupulous diligence, were ready to burst with laughter. But though he abounded in apprehensions and suspicions, yet as he easily took them up, he as easily laid them down, and made them submit to his judgment : .whence they were rather troublesome to himself than dangerous to others. Yet it must be acknowledged that his thoughts were so numerous, and so complicated, that they could not often consist together : but that which...
Seite 132 - He was of an high mind, and loved his own will and his own way; as one that revered himself, and would reign indeed. Had he been a private man he would have been termed proud: but in a wise prince, it was but keeping of distance; which indeed he did towards all; not admitting any near or full approach either to his power or to his secrets.
Seite 45 - ... confidence, soared aloft, and fell down headlong. EXPLANATION. — The fable is vulgar, and easily interpreted ; for the path of virtue lies straight between excess on the one side, and defect on the other. And no wonder that excess should prove the bane of Icarus, exulting in juvenile strength and vigor ; for excess is the natural vice of youth, as defect is that of old age ; and if a man must perish by either, Icarus chose the better of the" two ; for all defects are justly esteemed more depraved...

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